Hammers of Misfortune
What is the significance of 17th Street? What 17th Street is the album named after?
Guitarist/vocalist John Cobbett: There is a 17th Street in my neighbourhood, just like in most U.S. towns and cities. My 17th Street is different from other peoples' 17th Street, but chances are if you live in the U.S., you have a 17th Street. That's kind of the point, if that makes any sense.
"The Day the City Died" has such a great '70s feel to it. Ever feel like you were just born at the wrong time?
I hear they had all kinds of cool stuff in the '70s, like roadies, groupies and record sales, but surely that only happened for a small minority of artists. Anyway, we get the '70s comparison a lot. Maybe because we don't use digital keyboards, just piano and organ. Maybe because we're more interested in songwriting than creating a specifically targeted wall of sound. We don't try to sound like we're from another time or place; we're just using sounds and techniques that sound good to us. Records from the '70s sound a hell of a lot better than stuff coming out now. Hyper-compressed mixes and blatantly Auto-Tuned vocals sound horrible. Someday soon I hope we all look back and laugh at this nonsense. (Metal Blade)
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